The 6th annual Wayzata High School International Festival was celebrated on March 21 and was attended by a record crowd of nearly 600 people.
The WHS International Festival is an event to showcase the diversity that exists at the school and in the community. There were 36 countries represented in this event with exhibits showcasing culture and heritage through history, clothing, food, games/activities, and artifacts.
Those in attendance spent time at the exhibits, bazaar and were entertained by both professional and student cultural programs throughout the evening. Two local restaurants, Plymouth India Palace and Marina Middle Eastern Restaurant catered the event.
The highlight of the night was the entertainment program with music and dancing. The evening started with WHS teacher David Elmhirst directing the WHS Jazz Ensemble Blue. The Aztec dance, Kalpulli Letzalcoatlice was the hit of the night. The dancers, with their amazing outfits made from authentic bird feathers, danced to the riveting beat of the drum. Included in the program were the Indian Bollywood Dance; Joropo, Colombian Dance; Somali Dance; Bachata, Hispanic Dance and the Hip Hop Dance.
Anita Bello, an exchange student form Paraguay, sang Viajero de Paraguay and Alicia Wong sang a Chinese song in her melodious voice.
The night climaxed with the representatives of the different countries participating in the fashion show to the song of "It's a Small World".